Today’s topic is: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016
I love bloggers, blog tours, Twitter and Instagram for introducing me to new authors and new books. Here are ten authors I read for the first time this year and the book that introduced me to them.
1. Cecelia Ahern
I received Lyrebird from my friends at HarperCollins Canada earlier this year and I fell in love. Cecelia has a lyrical way of writing that is at once beautiful and easy to follow. I devoured this book so quickly. I’ve since picked up two more of Cecelia’s books and plan on reading them soon.
2. Seth Margolis
My friends at Historical Fiction Book tours invited me to be part of the blog tour for Seth’s new novel The Semper Sonnet. This book is a masterpiece of my favourite kind. It’s part historical fiction and part modern day mystery. The two stories are, of course, connected. (Come back on Friday for my full review!)
3. Alexandra Bracken
I’ve been seeing her book Passenger on the interwebs for quite some time. I finally picked it up and read it. And oh goodness. It is addicting. Complex and intriguing, Passenger was a great intro into Alexandra’s writing and I can’t wait to read Wayfarer when it comes out in 2017.
4. Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen was such an interesting novel! I really liked how Victoria explored ideas of racism and classism in such a unique way – by the colour of blood and the powers associated with different coloured blood. I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in this series to become available at my library.
5. Kenneth Oppel
This summer, I was fortunate to be chosen for HarperCollins Canada First Look for Every Hidden Thing. Kenneth’s writing was at once beautiful and accessible. This was the first Romeo and Juliet story I’ve liked!
6. Pete Begler
Some authors’ writing just begs to be read aloud. I read The Fearless Traveller’s Guide to Wicked Places earlier this year and as soon as I started reading it, I wished I had kids to read it aloud to.
7. Rae Carson
I randomly picked up Walk on Earth a Stranger because of the absolutely gorgeous cover. After loving it, a friend recommended Rae’s other books to me. I’ve been picking them up one by one since.
8. Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning, and so does Erin’s masterful work. I picked up The Night Circus around Christmas time last year and fell in love with Erin’s prose, her characters, and the surreal story.
9. Melissa Lendhardt
I found Sawbones on Netgalley and loved it. Melissa’s grasp of the historical era about which she was writing was spot on and her characters were so much fun. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Blood Oath.
10. Robin Sloan
Books about books always intrigue me. I picked up Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s24-hour Bookstore on a Kobo sale and loved how much it surprised me.